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Botswana: Government Ready –

Khuis — President Dr Mokgweetsi Masisi has called for value addition to natural resources by creating attractive and usable products.

The President, who toured Khuis recently, said the village was endowed with a wealth of stones which could be explored, mined and developed to sustain livelihoods.

Such an undertking, he said, was achievable through mindset reset with people realising the power they had to transform their lives and create employment for themselves.

The various types of stones available in the area, which were under the management of Khuis Community Economic Development Trust, required a robust business approach with value edition at the core, said the President.

President Masisi said government would continue to support communities and create a business enabling environment for entities such as Khuis Community Economic Development Trust to thrive.

Such developments would enable the country to achieve economic diversification, he said.

The President encouraged the trust to source funds, acquire relevant industrial machinery and build relevant industries.

They were also told to always bear in mind that the resources were God-given and should therefore be used wisely.

If they were misused, they might never be recovered, the President said.

For his part, the trust’s chairperson Mr Benny Kotokwe said the aim was to conserve the stones while at the same time using them to improve community livelihoods.